[VIDEO] Democrat Senator who Coauthored Obamacare Says It Was A Mistake To Pass The Law, ‘Better Off Not Passing It At All’
Well, Harkin, you’re about a day late and a dollar short, since we are all stuck with this glaring atrocity now. Thanks a bunch, pal:
Too late now.
Via The Hill:
Sen. Tom Harkin, one of the coauthors of the Affordable Care Act, now thinks Democrats may have been better off not passing it at all and holding out for a better bill.
The Iowa Democrat who chairs the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, laments the complexity of legislation the Senate passed five years ago.
He wonders in hindsight whether the law was made overly complicated to satisfy the political concerns of a few Democratic centrists who have since left Congress.
“We had the power to do it in a way that would have simplified healthcare, made it more efficient and made it less costly and we didn’t do it,” Harkin told The Hill. “So I look back and say we should have either done it the correct way or not done anything at all.
“What we did is we muddle through and we got a system that is complex, convoluted, needs probably some corrections and still rewards the insurance companies extensively,” he added.
Harkin and other liberals are now faced with the bitter irony that the centrists tried to placate five years ago by crafting a labyrinthine market-based reform are now all out of the Senate.
“So as a result we’ve got this complicated thing out there called the Affordable Care Act,” he said.
He believes Congress should have moved legislation in the first 100 days after Obama’s inauguration, which drew over a million people to the National Mall on a frigid January day.
“There’s this old saying, ‘If you have the votes, vote. If you don’t, talk.’ We had the votes but we talked,” he said.
Then-Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus (D-Mont.) held listening sessions with Republican senators for months but ultimately failed to pick up a single GOP vote on the floor.
Harkin acknowledged, however, that knowing what’s right is always much easier in hindsight.
“I can Monday-morning quarterback with the best of them,” he quipped.
So not even the people that pushed for Obamacare are supporting it anymore. OK. Looking back and joking around about it certainly won’t help me, or any of the other Americans out there STUCK with this pile of junk health plan that isn’t accepted by anyone’s doctor. Let’s do this, instead: do some work getting this horrible thing repealed. That would be great.
Video from ‘The Hill’:
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